• Two exciting new Carpenters releases are in the pipeline for October 2021! The new book Carpenter: The Musical Legacy will be available on October 19 and can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is being released October 22, and is available for ordering here.

Whats new to you??

Song4uman

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What is your newest Carpenters purchase?

What are you currently listening to?

Jonathan
 

John Adam

"A House Is Not A Home"
Carpenters: Complete Singles (Highly recommended listening!)

I can now totally understand the charm and the (relative) simplicity of the original singles remixes VS the later remixes with added instrumentation and reverb.

That said, I like both. But to hear them in their more original sound is like traveling back, because I wasn't around to experience them the 1st time!
 

Carl

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I recently got a Carpenters Souvenir magazine from eBay which I really enjoyed looking through. I’m always on the lookout for their tour books on eBay as I only have two of them. I’d love to get my hands on the 1975 tour book ! I’ve been listening to the Singles 1969-73 album recently and Carpenters Gold too
 

Song4uman

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I haven't been listening as much to Carpenters over the last little bit. I've been catching up listening to the newest vinyl records I have purchased. I am waiting on a copy of Singles 69-73 that is "audiophile". Looking forward to listening to that. Purchased on Discogs and it has been shipped..

Jonathan
 

Song4uman

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Also, I don't remember if I shared this or not. A choral director friend just retired and offered me a copy of the songbook Close to You. Here name was on the front from when she was in Jr. High.

Jonathan
 

A&M Retro

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I’m very late to the party here. I FINALLY purchased ‘The Complete Singles’ set a couple of months ago through the web site that now carries it. Much better price!

Needless to say, it was worth the wait. It’s fantastic. I’m totally addicted to disc one. I’ve had those songs on an endless loop in my car. 😀😀

I was curious if anyone has noticed that Karen’s lead vocal on ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’ is slightly distorted? It’s quite noticeable to my ears. The rest of the set sounds sensational, though.
 

Carl

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I just purchased the Complete Singles from Amazon US. So exciting I’ve been after this set for a while
 

John Adam

"A House Is Not A Home"
Where did you find your copy. I can only find it on amazing US

You can get The Complete Singles (3CD) on this website for $39.98.
 

Vinylalbumcovers

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
Mine was full of pops and crackles. No major jumps, but the sound quality was really at that level that you would expect of a 2nd-hand record that you bought for between 25-cents and a dollar at a garage sale, pawn shop or charity shop.

It's Universal vinyl. I kinda know what I might find tomorrow night when it arrives...LOL! Still, the packaging should be fun and it's the only Carpenters' LP I don't have. It'll be fun just for that.

Ed
 

Rick-An Ordinary Fool

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Mine was full of pops and crackles. No major jumps, but the sound quality was really at that level that you would expect of a 2nd-hand record that you bought for between 25-cents and a dollar at a garage sale, pawn shop or charity shop.
100% agree with Tom here, unfortunately the worst vinyl ever produced. I went through so many copies and all of it was junk. The RPO is such a fantastic project and took the music into another dimension of clarity and closeness of Karen's vocal. Thank goodness for the CD versions and digital downloads.

I was a bit surprised to hear Mike on the live broadcast say that the RPO vinyl was sensational (1 hr 13 min mark) I personally found it to be just the opposite. It's riddled with imperfections and I'm not the only one who experienced that, loads of others from comments left on Amazon and other places. I finally ended up with 4 vinyl copies and tried my best to extract the best tracks off those 4 into 1 encoded rip, it was not easy and took me forever. It's not perfect but I did the best I could with what Universal produced.

I hope Universal doesn't muck it up again with Richard Carpenter's Piano Solo on vinyl. Time will tell.
 

Vinylalbumcovers

Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo
100% agree with Tom here, unfortunately the worst vinyl ever produced. I went through so many copies and all of it was junk. The RPO is such a fantastic project and took the music into another dimension of clarity and closeness of Karen's vocal. Thank goodness for the CD versions and digital downloads.

I was a bit surprised to hear Mike on the live broadcast say that the RPO vinyl was sensational (1 hr 13 min mark) I personally found it to be just the opposite. It's riddled with imperfections and I'm not the only one who experienced that, loads of others from comments left on Amazon and other places. I finally ended up with 4 vinyl copies and tried my best to extract the best tracks off those 4 into 1 encoded rip, it was not easy and took me forever. It's not perfect but I did the best I could with what Universal produced.

I hope Universal doesn't muck it up again with Richard Carpenter's Piano Solo on vinyl. Time will tell.

I expect them to. Richard's album will be a fully digital recording anyway (like RPO) so the CD or hi-res download (if such a thing can be had) will likely suffice for those who want it.

Ed
 

tomswift2002

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I kind of hate the “all-digital” piano only albums I’ve heard, since digital tends to add a harshness that makes the piano sound so commercial. Digital sucks the life out of the piano playing—-I’m trying to think of the right word—-institutional, although that really doesn’t fit, same with anti-septic & sterile don’t really do the sound justice but they’re the best. Whereas I’ve heard albums that were put onto vinyl, both from the 70’s & 80’s and modern albums that were digitally recorded and digitally mixed, but the analog vinyl curbs that harshness and I find adds back in the life that the original artist intended.
 
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